10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2008 12:30 PM by BDAqua
paieye Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to use Back-up to write to a disc. However, even though my MacBook happily accepts and plays music and video discs, it ejects any blank disc that I put into the drive. What am I doing that is wrong ?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (32,908 points)
    In System Preferences CDs & DVDs pane, set +When you insert a blank CD+ or DVD (whichever one you are having trouble with) to *Ask what to do*. If it is already set that way, set it to something else, like Ignore. Then set it back to *Ask what to do*.

    Basically, whatever it is set to, set it to something else and then set it back. Sometimes you just need to make any change to rewrite that preference file before it starts doing what it's supposed to do.
  • paieye Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for the suggestion, but No, that does not make any difference.
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (32,908 points)
    Is it a blank DVD or CD you are trying to insert? Whichever one it is, does it do the same thing for the other?

    If DVD, there are several different types of DVD media being sold. What type is it?
  • paieye Level 1 (0 points)
    I am using (1) Imation DVD-Rs and (2) Verbatim DVD+Rs. I have previously been able with this notebook to write to the former, and the latter were supplied to me yesterday by the local Apple shop.
  • paieye Level 1 (0 points)
    I have just been looking at this link, and it looks as though my question has been asked by many, many others without success:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=880109&start=0&tstart=0
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,227 points)
    I've seen a few defective Opticals in MacBooks that kicked out certain discs, but not others... replacement of the drive was the fix.
  • paieye Level 1 (0 points)
    Is it possibly the case that my MacBook will READ a DVD, but not write to one ?
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,227 points)
    Yes, but for a multitude of reasons. Don't count on this like gospel, but iirc, Writing uses increased voltage from Reading.
  • paieye Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, that is the answer -- the basic MacBook will READ a DVD, but not WRITE to one. I have now managed to back up the material to a CD. I am afraid that my recollection of writing to a DVD must have been entirely wrong, and apologise if I misled anyone. My thanks to all that have tried to help, and may I add my voice to the 100s or even 1000s of users of these Discussions that wish that Macintosh would take the trouble to contribute to these threads.
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,227 points)
    Good News!

    cyanmorningsky had to have the optical in her brand new MacBook changed out as it would eject some DVDs and not others... Adobe ones got ejected, but others worked, Apple replaced it and all is fine now.